School Safety Law Toolkit
Effective Date: Immediately and Applies Beginning with the 2023-2024 school year
A school district shall prohibit a spectator of an extracurricular athletic activity or competition, including a parent or guardian of a student participant, from attending any future extracurricular athletic activity or competition sponsored or sanctioned by the school district or the UIL if the spectator engages in conduct that intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to a person serving as referee, judge, or other official of an extracurricular athletic activity or competition in retaliation for or as a result of the person’s actions taken in performing the duties of a referee, judge, or other official of the extracurricular athletic activity or competition.
A school district may establish an appeals process by which:
- a person may appeal to the district a prohibition imposed under Subsection (f-1); and
- the district may determine the facts associated with the conduct for which the school district imposed a prohibition under Subsection (f-1).
A prohibition imposed under Subsection (f-1) must be for not less than one year after the date on which the prohibition is imposed but may not exceed five years from the date on which the prohibition is imposed.
A school district or open-enrollment charter school that holds an extracurricular athletic activity or a UIL athletic competition on district or school property shall provide a peace officer, a school resource officer, an administrator, or security personnel to ensure the safety of a referee, judge, or other official of the activity or competition until the official departs district or school property if:
- a participant or spectator of the activity or competition engages in, attempts to engage in, or threatens violent conduct against the official or otherwise disrupts the duties or free movement of the official; or
- the district or school reasonably suspects that an incident described above may occur at the activity or competition.